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Anchors Aweigh (1945)

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Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Iturbi ...
José Iturbi
Pamela Britton ...
Girl from Brooklyn
Rags Ragland ...
Police Sergeant (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Cafe Manager
Henry O'Neill ...
Admiral Hammond
Carlos Ramírez ...
Carlos (as Carlos Ramirez)
Edgar Kennedy ...
Police Captain
Grady Sutton ...
Bertram Kraler
Admiral's Aide
Sharon McManus ...
Little Girl Beggar
James Flavin ...
Radio Cop


Two sailors, one naive, the other experienced in the ways of the world, on liberty in Los Angeles, is the setting for this movie musical. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <>

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On waves of song . . . laughter and romance ! Two love-lost sailors on a four-day leave of fun and frivolity ! See more »


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13 August 1945 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Leven anclas  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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The cartoon dance sequence inspired Paula Abdul to dance with an animated cat in her "Opposites Attract" video. See more »


The little beggar girl looks twice at Susan's picture while Joe is standing in front of the restaurant. See more »


[first lines]
Admiral Hammond: On behalf of your commanding officer I'm sure I can tell Mr. Jose Iturbi that the officers and crew of ship are grateful to him for coming here, to lead our naval bands in this ceremony.
José Iturbi: Along with every other civilian, it is I who am grateful to you, and to all the men in the United States navy.
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I Begged Her
(1944) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jule Styne
Orchestrated by Axel Stordahl
Copyright 1944 by Leo. Feist Inc.
Sung and Danced by Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra
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Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly singing and dancing on the shore

Joseph Brady and Clarence Doolittle are two sailors, who have a four-day shore leave in Hollywood.Joe knows everything about girls and can't wait to see Lola, while Clarence is shyer and needs some advice from his buddy on how to meet girls.They then run into a little boy, Donald Martin, who has ran away in order to join the navy.They take him home and meet his beautiful aunt Susan, who wants to be a singer.Clarence wants Susie to be his girl, but his shyness gets in the way.But he doesn't feel shy with a waitress, who comes from Brooklyn, like he does.Soon Joe notices he's in love with Susie.The boys are in a fix when they lie to Susie on meeting with a big time music producer they don't even know.As they are in a fix with their feelings.George Sidney's Anchors Aweigh (1945) is a great musical comedy.Gene Kelly is top-notch, once again, in his singing and dancing routines.Frank Sinatra is terrific as the shy guy from Brooklyn.Shy isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Frank Sinatra, but he plays his part well.Kathryn Grayson is fantastic as Susan Abbott.We sadly lost this gifted actress and operatic soprano singer last month at the age of 88.The 9-year old Dean Stockwell does amazing job as the little fellow wanting to become a sailor.Jose Iturbi does great job performing himself.It's magic what he does with the piano.Edgar Kennedy plays Chief of police station.Sara Berner is the voice of Jerry Mouse.There's a lot of great stuff in this movie and some fantastic singing and dancing numbers.Just look at Kelly and Sinatra performing "We Hate to Leave".It's so energetic."If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)" is quite funny.It's a nice moment when Frank sings Brahms' Lullaby to little Dean Stockwell.It's lovely to listen to Grayson singing the tango "Jealousy" .The most memorable sequence is the one that takes into the animated fantasy world, and there Gene sings and dances with Jerry Mouse.Also Tom Cat is seen there as the butler.They originally asked Mickey Mouse but he refused.The movie was nominated for five Oscars but Georgie Stoll got one for Original Music Score.Anchors Aweigh is some high class entertainment.

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